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Tarot


Published December 15, 1994


An ambient experimental track based on polymeter. The track is composed of 21 loops, one for each card in the Tarot's Major Acarna (excluding the Fool). Each loop contains a single unique note, and is exactly one beat longer than its predecessor--i.e. the first loop is one beat long, the next loop is two beats long, etc.--as illustrated below (the periods indicate rests):

C
.D
..E
...F
etc.

The resulting composition begins with a simple ascending scale, but from then on, a complex pattern results. The pattern is non-random, but does not repeat for a very long time.

A second harmonic structure is superimposed on top of the polymeter. The second structure consists of gradually pitch-bending one of the notes, such that the entire composition modulates microtonally around the cycle of fifths. Only one note is bent at a time, and the bending happens slowly enough to be nearly imperceptible.

In addition, various effects are applied to thicken the sonic texture and create tension. Mixed by Chris Korda and Kevin Roche.


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